Hotel Eden Roc
What We Love
- Alternating between the Finnish sauna and ice fountain in the sybaritic spa designed by Carlo Rampazzi
- Having space to sprawl: singles and suites aside, rooms are between 325 and 430 square feet
- Supping al fresco on creative cuisine (picture lobster with yuzu and purple curry) at La Brezza
- Tooling around Lake Maggiore in the hotel’s vintage Riva Aquarama or sailing on its 33-foot Saffier
- Knowing that kayaks, SUPS, bikes and even Vespas are free to borrow
What To Know
- Built in 1971 and expanded several times since, it offers lodgings in three buildings, each with a distinctive décor
- Breakfast, minibar beverages, WiFi, parking, train transfers, Ticino public transit and assorted water sports are included
- The pretty umbrella-edged beach is private and sandy but certainly not big by North American standards
- Free WiFi
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Swiss hospitality meets Italian flair (with a dash of Miami Beach funk) at this glamorous resort hotel on Lake Maggiore’s northern shore
The Eden Roc name is synonymous with retro-style Floridian flash: witness designer Carlo Rampazzi’s riotous colors, bold patterns, and funky accents in the main-wing guest rooms or the chic 60s-inspired ones in the newest section, Marina. Many of the other ingredients for a hedonistic holiday are onsite, too: there’s a private beach, three pools, a yacht-filled marina, a stunning full-service spa, and a quartet of waterside restaurants. Nevertheless, the overall vibe is far more la dolce vita than Miami Vice (you’re in the Italian-speaking Ticino region, after all)—think quiet sunbathing, swimming and boating in lieu of any thumping nightclub or poolside DJ. Underscoring its family-friendly philosophy, Eden Roc Ascona also promises free children’s programs in peak season and trained sitters year-round: divided by age group, the former offers the expected supervised activities for kids and teens along with extras like banana-boat rides and, this being Switzerland, etiquette lessons.
In the Area
On the shores of Lake Maggiore, Eden Roc Ascona provides a classic beach experience. Guests tend to stick close by or take advantage of water sports like boating, waterskiing, and wake-boarding. That said, Ascona itself is an Instagrammable resort town that offers a café-lined promenade and plenty of high-end shopping opportunities. Its central piazza is five-minute walk away; alternately, you can borrow a bike or Vespa onsite and buzz into the lovely city of Locarno, where more is in store. The closest golf course is a five-minute drive. Want to explore further afield? Eden Roc’s helicopter, limo, and charter boat services can take you there.
How to Get There
This was the highlight of our trip staying at your luxurious resort. You were all incredible in helping us make our visit to Ascona and our stay at your Hotel a memory we will never forget. It was our 35th wedding anniversary, best years of my life, and Connie’s 1st time to the Swiss Italian Alps region. The lunch and dinners you arranged for us at Seven, Da Enzo, Verbano on Isola Superiore and our last night at your restaurant La Casetta were all perfect! The staff when we arrived and during our stay was just exceptional – everyone went out of their way to make us feel welcome and comfortable. Our deluxe suite room was exceptional. We also enjoyed the promenade along the Ascona water front and the bell tower. What a great city and the Hotel Eden Roc staff made it special.
A fabulous few days at The Eden Roc in Ascona. The hotel exceeded our expectations! Spectacular location, just a short walk from the water front in Ascona. Lovely gardens, pool & "beach" area. Everywhere is well maintained & clean. There are several restaurants all with terraces overlooking Lake Maggiore. Food was very good - we took half-board & dined in the main Eden Roc restaurant where we could choose anything on the daily menu or à la carte (except the caviar!). Staff were all very friendly & helpful. We thought there were quite a few nice little touches - in addition to drinks/fresh fruit in the room, the hotel offered the use of bikes/e-bikes & stand-up paddle boards, and on departure we were given some cold water & snacks for the drive home. Although this is not a cheap hotel option, we felt it was reasonable value for money.Can't wait to return...!
Stayed at the hotel in august 2018. We had the lake facing junior suite. The views were absolutely spectacular. The location of the hotel can't get more perfect. It is 50 meters from downtown scone with amazing cafes, it has the best views of the lake.
The restaurants at the hotel are very good with amazing views. we had a very good time at the rating night where the hotel had live music to dance to. They have 3 pools which are more than enough for your swimming needs.
I would recommend to spend extra and take the lake view rooms, it is totally worth it. The hotel gives cycles to its guests, so you can explore the little town yourself.
Only thing i think that can improve are the room interiors, they look aged and for the money you pay, you expect something slightly better for a 5 star hotel . We had a bit of an issue with he AC on the first night as well due to ageing electricals. am sure the hotel will renovate in due time. in the mean time it is still very good hotel in the middle of paradise.
The Eden Roc is a fabulous hotel. We were warmly greeted upon arrival (they even arranged for our pick up at the Milan airport.) Our room is spacious and lovely, with a view of the mountains and lake, 2 sinks in the mostly marble bathroom, shower and jacuzzi tub, and Molten Brown amenities. The room is kept immaculate, with twice daily service, fruit and other treats refreshed in the room daily. Internet and flat screen TV worked fine. Most of all, when you step outside their lakefront setting and fantastic pools make this a wonderful resort for a vacation. This is very much a Swiss/Italian vacation spot. We didn't see or overhear any other Americans here or even in town, and English menus in town were often unavailable. Everyone from the concierge to the pool attendants were friendly and attentive. We loved having lunch by the pool, where they would set up a table (tablecloth and all) for us to eat. Prices are over the top, but if you close your eyes to the high prices you can enjoy a perfect holiday here. The town of Ascona is charming, small and relaxed. My biggest objection is that all of the outdoor restaurants in the town and hotel allow smoking, so I often got a face full of smoke during dinner. We ate at the Marine restaurant at the hotel and had breakfast every day and one dinner at the hotel main dining room. Service was always superb. The food was delicious. I can't recommend this hotel highly enough. The town and hotel are also very family friendly.
Booked for our honeymoon, we were not disappointed! - In fact I couldnt think of one negative.
The hotel is beautiful, food delicious but most of all- every single member of staff helpful and polite, we were always greeted with a smile, whether it be at reception, in the restaurant, passing on the corridor or walking into the lift.
The location is wonderful and we were lucky enough to enjoy a spacious suite with beautiful views, including 2 balconies (room 401).
We utilised the half board dine around offer and enjoyed every experience, at each of the hotel restaurants.
It was less than a 5 minute walk into Ascona’s main piazza and the hotels complimentary push bikes were an added bonus - we cycled around the lake taking in the views!
The hotels interior was beautifully designed and extremely clean, I could see a lot of effort goes into maintaining that.
I regularly have massages at home and often get disappointed when I take them other places - we both had a back massage at the hotel spa during our stay and they were wonderful!
A huge thank you for making our honeymoon so memorable. This was our first trip to Switzerland and we will definitely be back - it was an absolute pleasure to stay with you.